Asia & the Pacific / New Zealand
New Zealand Manuka Hiking Tour
Hike the Milford or Hollyford Track and the Best of the South Island
Imagine tranquil coastline, subtropical rainforest, and huge glaciated mountains rearing out of the sea--welcome to New Zealand! Hike along deserted golden beaches and through ancient rain forests. Trek hut-to-hut along the world-famous Milford Track or the less strenuous and quieter Hollyford.
Days 1-3: Castle Hill Basin-Punakaiki
Begin with a gentle walk through limestone towers to views of the Southern Alps. Then head to the gorgeous, seaside village of Punakaiki for a hike through unbelievably lush rainforest. Visit Pancake Rocks and Blowholes and explore local art galleries of Hokitika.
Days 4-6: Franz Joseph Glacier-Mount Aspiring-Queenstown
Hike to the Tatare Tunnels to spot glowworms. Then hike to the face of Franz Joseph Glacier, an enormous river of ice that snakes through rainforest. Or take an optional heli-hike on the Franz Joseph Glacier, using crampons and ice axes. Next take a stunning hike on the Diamond Lake Track. A free day in Queenstown can be filled with all sorts of active options.
Days 7-11: Milford Track or Great Walks Discovery - Queenstown
Enjoy four days of peace, quiet, exercise, good food, and unbelievable scenery as you walk 33 miles from Lake Te Anau to the extraordinary Milford Sound with only a daypack. Enjoy an early morning boat ride to explore the length of Milford Sound. Or opt for the Great Walks Discovery, covering parts of the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks in Fjordland National Park.
Days 12-14: Mount Cook-Christchurch
See gold mining relics as we hike the Sam Summers Track and finish with a visit to a local winery. Move on to Mount Cook for a challenging hike up the main ridge to stunning views of Mueller Glacier and the peaks of the Main Divide. Enjoy a traditional kiwi roast dinner on the final evening